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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

Are These the “Outer Bands” of a Coming Judgment?

Are we in the “Last Days”? Generally it would seem not, though there are sobering indicators that the outer bands of a coming storm are overhead. The sum total teaching of eschatology would seem to indicate that a number of things must first happen before the end: a comprehensive completion of the going out of the […] Read the rest of this entry »

Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?

There are times in the Church when we want to define something rather easily and simply so as to make it memorable and easy to grasp. But in so doing, we run the risk of doing harm to its deeper, richer, and more accurate meaning. I wonder if we have not done this with the […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy

In November, Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the “Last Things.” As you know, I write quite often on Hell. But I have written on Heaven, too. In this post I propose simply to set forth how much of our liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for Heaven. Indeed, Catholics are often unaware just how biblical […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Homily for the Feast of St John Lateran

Today is the Feast of St. John Lateran in Rome. This is the Pope’s true Cathedral (not St. Peters). And thus, in celebrating this Feast, we celebrate the unity of the Church. The Pope’s work is to unite and strengthen the members of the Church, whom the devil would like to sift (divide) like wheat (see […] Read the rest of this entry »

Our Tendency to Make Poor Decisions, As Seen in a Funny Commercial

The commercial in the video below pokes fun at the horror move genre, saying, “When you’re in a horror movie you make poor decisions … it’s what you do.” And as I watched it, it occurred to me that this is a pattern we also follow too easily. The Christian version of the saying might go […] Read the rest of this entry »

Faith Brings Comfort, But Not at First – A Reflection on a Teaching by Peter Kreeft

For ongoing education and spiritual growth, I am always reading. One of the books I am currently reading is Peter Kreeft’s Angels and Demons. As most of you know, I have often expressed concern that angels have been sentimentalized and even trivialized. Most people’s conception of angels is far from what the Bible describes! If you […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why Did Christ Humble Himself in the Face of Evil?

Earlier this week we read the magnificent hymn from Philippians, which sings of the Humility of Jesus: Have among yourselves the same attitude  that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Road to Hell is Paved With…Indifference. A Meditation on a Warning by Jesus

The Gospel from today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 31st week of the year) features the familiar Lucan version of the parable of a certain man (in the Matthew version (Mat 22:2), Jesus calls him a king) who gave a banquet. But when all was prepared and the servants were sent out to fetch the invited […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why Did Paul Get Arrested at Philippi, and What Can a Sometimes Timid Church Learn From It?

There is a story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi that serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling to a world that figuratively and literally “banks […] Read the rest of this entry »

In These Dark Days, the Church Needs Her Men to be Men

This is a post that Satan apparently did not like. When I posted it last Thursday, the Server of the Archdiocese (literally) burnt up within an hour or two of posting. And while things are slowly coming back online, the post you are about to read could not be found in the archive file, anywhere. […] Read the rest of this entry »

99 and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for All Souls Day

Today is the Feast of All Souls. Today we pray for the souls of all the faithful departed in Purgatory. It makes sense for us to reflect on the Doctrine of Purgatory and its roots. The Catholic teaching on Purgatory is one of the teachings of the Church that many struggle to understand today. Non-Catholics […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Balance of Love and the Correction according to St. Gregory.

Applying salutary  discipline, and balancing it with necessary consolations and encouragement is never an easy task. It is possible that a parents can be too severe on their children, such that they become disheartened, and lack necessary self-esteem. But it is also possible that parents can be too lax such that their children become spoiled and lack proper […] Read the rest of this entry »